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Baker cheer spans three generations for graduating senior

Baker cheer spans three generations for graduating senior

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor
June 12, 2017
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

For Baker University, tradition is something taken very seriously. For Brooke Geenens and her family, Baker is a key factor in her own family’s tradition. Geenens, along with six other family members have not only all cheered during their college careers, but have all cheered at Baker University....

Dance team takes third at nationals

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor
March 16, 2017
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The Baker University Dance team took third place at the inaugural NAIA Competitive Dance National Championships on March 11 in Oklahoma City. Baker was just 0.85 points behind second-place Aquinas and 5.6 points behind the first-place Midland team. The NAIA’s recent decision to consider dance and...

Baker dance team starts season with two wins

Baker dance team starts season with two wins

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor
February 1, 2017
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The Baker dance team began its competitive season with two first-place finishes in its opening weekend of competitions. The team started its winning weekend off at the Missouri Baptist Spartan Showcase on Friday, Jan. 20, and completed its weekend with a first-place finish at the Lindenwood-Belleville...

Cheer and dance become NAIA varsity sports

Cheer and dance become NAIA varsity sports

Story by Brittney Diehm
May 3, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

Competitive cheer and dance are now the 24th and 25th national championships sponsored by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. This news was released recently during the 75th annual NAIA National Convention. Baker’s head dance coach, Lynsey Payne, joined NAIA President and CEO...

Dance and cheer place at nationals

Story by Bailey Conklin, Sports Editor
April 21, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

Baker University’s cheer and dance teams both headed down to Daytona Beach, Florida, to compete in the 2016 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer & Dance Championship from April 7-9. The cheer squad competed in the Ocean Center and placed fourth in the NAIA Small Coed Challenge Cup. The ‘Cats were...

Cheer and dance teams prepare for nationals

Cheer and dance teams prepare for nationals

Story by Jenna Black, Photo Editor
March 29, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The dance and cheer teams are making final preparations on their routines before they travel to Daytona Beach, Florida, for national competition April 6-10. The dance team is taking nine women to perform at the National Dance Association competition. The team recently traveled to Davenport, Iowa,...

Dance finishes second, cheer sixth at regionals

Story by Jenna Black, Photo Editor
February 22, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The dance team placed second behind the host team, Oklahoma City University, and the cheer team put together a sixth-place finish at the NAIA South Regional Qualifier on Feb. 19 in Oklahoma City. The cheer team had its best performance of the season, according to senior co-captain Michelle Critchfield....

Dance takes first in dual against Ottawa

Story by Megan Henry
February 16, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

A remix of Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” filled Collins Center Monday night as seven Baker University dancers performed a two-minute routine in a dual against Ottawa. Scoring a 99.7 out of 120, the Wildcats defeated the Braves by nearly 20 points, clinching a 99.7...

Dance team second at Lindenwood

Dance team second at Lindenwood

Story by Jenna Black, Photo Editor
February 1, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The dance team placed second in its second competition of the season at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Illinois, on Saturday, Jan. 30. Eight teams competed, and the Wildcats finished just one point behind first-place St. Ambrose University. “I think that from here our placements will only...

Cheer takes fourth at home invitational

Story by Jim Joyner, Sports Editor
February 1, 2016
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The Baker cheer team hosted the Baker University Invitational on Sunday in the Collins Center. The Wildcats finished in fourth place out of five teams in the main event and finished second in their dual with MidAmerica Nazarene. Baker was initially awarded third place in front of Truman State, but...

Dance finishes sixth at nationals

Story by Levi Blaylock, Writer
March 24, 2015
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

The dance team competed in the second annual NAIA Competitive Cheer & Dance National Invitational March 14. The Wildcats traveled to Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, to perform along with 11 other NAIA schools in this national competition. The women finished the competition in sixth-place....

Dance places second, third in competition

Story by Nathalia Barr, Managing Editor
February 17, 2015
Filed under Spirit Squad, Sports

At the HAAC conference competition, held on Saturday, the dance team took second place in small dance and third place in hip-hop. The cheer team competed as well, but the Spirit Squad combined to win fifth. Together the Baker dance and cheer teams make up the Spirit Squad. Not only do they perform...

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